Cummings’ 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft | Round Three
65) Jacksonville Jaguars: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR USC
66) Washington Football Team: Seth Williams, WR Auburn
Week 1 exposed a dire need for more receiving talent for the Washington Football Team. Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims have the skills to serve as pieces of the offense, but more is needed if the group is to flourish as a whole.
On the surface, Seth Williams might not seem like the right fit. His chief strength might be his ability to win in contested situations by contorting his body and boxing out defenders. But Williams also has very good speed and acceleration for his 6-foot-3, 211-pound frame, and he can give Washington a very complete X-receiver on the boundary.
67) Cincinnati Bengals: Rashawn Slater, OG Northwestern
68) Carolina Panthers: Israel Mukuamu, CB South Carolina
69) Miami Dolphins: Rasheed Walker, OT Penn State
70) New York Giants: Landon Young, OT Kentucky
71) Detroit Lions: Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State
72) New York Jets: Kenneth Gainwell, RB Memphis
Le’Veon Bell may just be a name at this point. The Jets offense under Adam Gase has starved him of his opportunities and his support, and it appears as though a union that was once looked on with optimism may soon fall under twilight.
With that being said, it might be best for the Jets to change course, and eventually give touches to a younger, more versatile player. At this point in Round 3, Kenneth Gainwell is a massive steal, and he fits the profile New York is looking for, with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage in the 2019 season.
73) Arizona Cardinals: Levi Onwuzurike, DT Washington
74) Las Vegas Raiders: Trevon Moehrig, S TCU
75) Los Angeles Chargers: Kuony Deng, LB California
76) Atlanta Falcons: Joseph Ossai, EDGE Texas
77) Houston Texans: Eric Stokes, CB Georgia
78) Chicago Bears: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE Oklahoma
79) Denver Broncos: Jacoby Stevens, S LSU
Safety tandems can be very valuable, and last year, the Broncos had a good one with Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons. But with Jackson turning 33 years old next April, and Simmons on the franchise tag, it might be smart to use this third-round pick on insurance. LSU’s Jacoby Stevens is quite the insurance policy.
Standing at 6-foot-2, 230, Stevens is a heavily-built defensive back with a ton of mass to throw around the field. Stevens has versatility, in that he’s very powerful lingering in the box, but he can also close ground in the deep third if necessary. With the future of two Broncos safeties up in the air, Stevens provides a nice mix.
80) Cleveland Browns: Cameron McGrone, LB Michigan
81) Los Angeles Rams: Zion Johnson, OG Boston College
82) Green Bay Packers: LaBryan Ray, DT Alabama
83) Tennessee Titans: Anthony Schwartz, WR Auburn
84) Buffalo Bills: Deonte Brown, OG Alabama
85) New York Jets (via Seahawks): Aashari Crosswell, S Arizona State
86) Indianapolis Colts: Liam Eichenberg, OT Notre Dame
87) Minnesota Vikings: Tyler Vaughns, WR USC
88) Philadelphia Eagles: Thomas Graham Jr., CB Oregon
89) Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Shelvin, DT LSU
90) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenny Pickett, QB Pittsburgh
Let me clarify first. This pick isn’t so much a prediction as it is a move to draw attention to one of my favorite quarterback sleepers in the 2021 NFL Draft. For the moment, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett is still a Day 3 pick, overshadowed by the likes of Kellen Mond, Kyle Trask, and Tanner Morgan, but he has the upside to rise into the Day 2 conversation.
Pickett has a strong, elastic arm, and displays the ability to hit his mark when throwing off-platform. He’s also a relatively explosive athlete for the quarterback position, and a fiery competitor who gives his all on every snap. In Week 1 — albeit against FCS competition — Pickett showed flashes of improved pocket presence and processing skills, and if he takes the long-awaited leap, he could garner more respect on the draft circuit.
91) Dallas Cowboys: Marco Wilson, CB Florida
92) Cleveland Browns (via Saints): Terrace Marshall Jr., WR LSU
93) Baltimore Ravens: Aidan Hutchinson, DE Michigan
94) Washington Football Team (via 49ers): Richie Grant, S UCF
95) Kansas City Chiefs: Sage Surratt, WR Wake Forest
Sage Surratt announced his intention to opt out of the 2020 college football season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, a decision that was viewed as unwise by many in the draft community, including Tony Pauline, who was hoping to see Surratt improve his route running and produce with a new signal caller in 2020.
Surratt could drop into Day 3 if he doesn’t show enough athleticism at the NFL Combine, but in this 3-round 2021 NFL mock draft, the Chiefs save him from slipping into Round 4. While not overly fast or sudden, Surratt has excellent toughness and reliability at the catch point, as well as some run-after-catch potential. This is a value proposition for the Chiefs, who hope to give Surratt more space to make plays with all the speed around him.
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